Perth’s Collier Homes Folds After 60 Years, Highlighting National Building Pressures

Perth’s iconic builder, Collier Homes, has ceased operations after over six decades in business. The company entered liquidation earlier this week, joining a growing list of Australian building companies struggling in the post-pandemic environment.

Collier Homes, founded in 1959, was a household name in Western Australia. Specializing in custom home construction, the company had a long and successful history. However, recent industry challenges proved insurmountable.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) confirmed the company’s closure, appointing liquidators to oversee the wind-down process. Experts point to the ongoing strain on the building industry as a key factor in Collier Homes’ demise.

“Collier Homes is the latest victim of a nationwide squeeze on the construction sector,” said industry analyst Michael Jones. “Supply chain disruptions, labor shortages, and cost escalations have created a perfect storm for many builders.”

The company’s website hinted at these difficulties. A previous post acknowledged the “well-intentioned” government stimulus measures introduced after the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it argued that these programs inadvertently fueled supply chain issues and cost increases.

Dario Amara, the current owner and a second-generation builder himself, expressed his regret at the company’s closure. Collier Homes’ collapse serves as a stark reminder of the pressures facing Australia’s building industry. With the government’s promised interest-free loan scheme yet to materialize, concerns remain for the future of smaller and medium-sized builders.


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